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Marigolds - Growing Marigolds, a Classic Bedding Plant

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Marigolds Used as Edging

Marigolds Used as Edging

Marie Iannotti

Overview:

Marigolds are cheerful, compact yellow, orange and burgundy annuals with flower shapes that can resemble daisies, coreopsis and carnations.

Latin Name:

Tagetes

Common Name(s): Marigold

Zone:

Size:

Varies with variety from about 8" to 18"

Exposure:

Full sun

Bloom Period:

All summer, if deadheaded

Description:

There are several divisions of marigold including: African (compact plants with pom-pom like flowers), French (purple tinged stems with double flowerheads) and Signets (upright plants with multi-branched stems and single flowerheads). They tend to have small daisy or carnation like flowers in shades of cream, yellow, orange, burgundy and bi-colors.

Cultural Notes:

Marigolds are not fussy. Any good garden soil and a little water during dry spells should keep them happy.

Maintenance: Marigolds are very pest free. In fact, they are often used to keep pests away. They will get powdery mildew in damp or humid summers. Planting in full sun, with air flow, will lessen the problem.

Deadheading will prolong the bloom period.

Design Tips:

Marigolds make nice border plants and mix well in containers. They blend well with yellow and orange daylilies, extending the color between daylily blooms.

Because of their pest repelling qualities, marigolds an an invaluable flower for the vegetable garden. Plant them around the edges, to deter rabbits and with beans, to thwart the Mexican bean beetle.

Suggested Varieties:

T. Antigua Series are very profuse blooming African marigolds
T. Gem Series are single flowered Signets with very fern-like foliage
T. ‘Naughty Marietta’ Is a ruffled, deep yellow French marigold with maroon splashes in the center
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